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The deTails CABINETRY Helmsley kitchen, painted in French Grey and Chalk White, £18,000 (units only), Laura Ashley Kitchen Collection supplied by Howarth at Home.

SURFACES Worktops and splashback in Carrara Venato composite quartz, from £600sq m, Konigstone, supplied and installed by Midland Stone Centre. Aged oak porcelain floor tiles, £45sq m, Floors of Stone. Josette Seaspray wallpaper, £34 a roll, Laura Ashley.

APPLIANCES Five-oven Aga Total Control in black with induction, from £13,825, Aga Living. SMV68MD02G dishwasher, £639; HBC84H501B compact combi-microwave oven, £449, both Appliance City. Neff D5855X1GB N30 cooker hood, £266; Nespresso CitiZ and milk coffee machine in black, £179, both John Lewis & Partners. Wi3121 under-counter wine cabinet, £299, Caple.

SINKS & TAPS 4776 Alsace four-hole sink mixer with lever handles and rinse in polished nickel, £766, Perrin & Rowe. Iron/Tones inset/undermount sink, £1,202, Kohler.

ACCESSORIES Bosse bar stools, £30 each, Ikea. Hepburn Mark II DAB radio in Little Vines, £149.99, My VQ. Croft Collection Clyde brass trim ceiling pendant lights, £130 each, John Lewis & Partners. Curtain made in Austen Off White linen, £26m, Laura Ashley supplied by J&S Interiors.

FEATURE LINDA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS CHRIS SHAW

A wide drawer keeps Paul’s favourite chef’s knives close to hand

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Paul can often be found prepping ingredients at this chunky end-grain chopping block that tucks neatly onto the end of the island. End-grain surfaces are made by cutting the timber into blocks and gluing them together with the end grain pointing upwards. During cutting, the fibres absorb the impact of the knife blade, so the surface is much more durable than horizontal blocks. ‘We like the way it breaks up the long island unit, bringing in a freestanding element and giving the kitchen a relaxed feel,’ says Paul.

While wallpaper is never going to be as easy to clean as tiles, you will avoid the issue of grubby grout and it’s a great way to introduce pattern. Best of all, if you fancy a change, replacing wallpaper is far simpler than retiling. Here, the worktops are extra-deep, which gives the wallpaper a little more protection from splashes. The Reeves also chose a washable design that’s suitable for well-ventilated kitchens and bathrooms. For added peace of mind, you could finish it off with a coat of Polyvine Decorators Varnish.

The Reeves colour-matched the wallpaper to the cabinetry

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